Charles Johnston Pleads Guilty

By Chauncy Glover - bio | e-mail 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - He wore a brown suit, stood with his hands clenched and with a single head nod Charles Johnston pled guilty.

Guilty for the murders of Peter Wright, Leslie Harris and James Baker.

"He didn't show any remorse and I'm sorry the victims had to sit and listen to that," says Wayne Jernigan.

Some family members looked Johnston right in his eyes, telling him he had no remorse and they could not forgive him.

"I don't hate Mr. Johnson, I just hate what he did," says one family member.

Johnston testified, the only person he meant to kill was Peter Wright because he thought Nurse Wright was responsible for the death of his mother while she was a patient at Doctors Hospital.

I had 72 rounds. I was going to spray the entire 5th floor. I was just that angry. Mr. Pete went to the side room and I walked behind him and I said, do you remember me? do you remember my mother? when I said that, I pulled out my pistol and he lunged for me and I hit him one time in the chest. he turned and ran and I hit him again in the back and he fell," says Johnston.

District Attorney Jernigan says the victim's family members have waited 14 months for this day.

"This provides some closure for the victims. Their hearts have been torn for 14 months from what he did and this provides an opportunity for their hearts to start healing," says Jernigan.